The Lord Is With Us

Tragedy is part of our time here on earth.  As Christians we know this is not our home, that we are headed for paradise, and that experiencing tragedy shouldn’t be surprising.  Knowing this doesn’t always make it easy to take in the heartbreak of preventable human loss.

We see this loss exemplified by the recent collapse of the Surfside Condominium in Miami. It happened in the middle of the night, while most of the residents sleeping.  We ask God, “Why not daytime when many would be away at work?

We know He has a purpose.  We know His ways are not our ways.  His loving, sovereign hand was there on every person in that building.  Jesus will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 12:5). 

Just as we see in the book of Job, much is happening in the supernatural realm that we don’t see.  What also know is that God’s timing is perfect, including the collapse of that building.  We know that all things work together for good, for those that love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28).

A Prayer

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”  (Mat 5:4) Lord Your word, Your very breath, says you promise to bless and comfort those that mourn.  We humbly ask You to fill both the stricken and the waiting family members with Your peace.  We pray they feel your presence and know and understand how Your providence covers all. 

We earnestly pray for you to grant strength and tranquility to those grieving families, friends, and co-workers.   In these times of pain we reach out to You.  On hands and knees we beseech you to turn this pain into hope and blessings. 

Outstretched Hands

Psalm 103 – Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

1           Bless the Lord, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2           Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:

3           Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases,

4           Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5           Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6           The Lord executes righteousness

And justice for all who are oppressed.

7           He made known His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.

8           The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9           He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10         He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11         For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12         As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13         As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

14         For He knows our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.

15         As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16         For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

17         But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

18         To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19         The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

20         Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word.

21         Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

22         Bless the Lord, all His works,

In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!